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  • JPM Coin a significant step for fintech
    Feb 26, 2019 8:00 am

    JPM Coin a significant step for fintech

    Recently, JP Morgan introduced its own cryptocurrency, JPM Coin. This is big news for the fintech and cryptocurrency community because it showcases how mainstream players are experimenting with the technology.

    In order to understand what...

  • The long tail of fintech law
    Jan 24, 2019 8:00 am

    The long tail of fintech law

    The application of modern technology to finance, or “fintech”, represents the unlocking of the long tail of investment, particularly that of global and local communities. It has the potential to empower people both globally and locally to pool...

  • The danger of blockchain as a catch-all phrase
    Jan 4, 2019 8:00 am

    The danger of blockchain as a catch-all phrase

    The year was 1995. Then computing expert and 20-year internet user Clifford Stoll published an article in Newsweek magazine outlining why the internet would not live up to the growing sense of hype.

    It was titled “The...

  • Digital assets, future markets and Van Gogh
    Dec 18, 2018 8:00 am

    Digital assets, future markets and Van Gogh

    Imagine a world where you could own a Van Gogh painting. The kind of investment available to only the super-rich, not tied to the ups and downs of traditional markets, which could drive steady appreciation over time owing to its rarity. Digital...

  • AI not the destroyer of jobs it’s made out to be
    Dec 4, 2018 8:00 am

    AI not the destroyer of jobs it’s made out to be

    Artificial intelligence is pegged as the magic solution to nearly every business challenge, and the destroyer of jobs. Is that accurate? Like any technology, artificial intelligence isn’t magic. It is just another useful tool that can be used to...

  • Digital assets continue the rate of progress
    Nov 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Digital assets continue the rate of progress

    It can be easy to forget how revolutionary e-mail was. Go back 25 or more years ago and think about how different things were then. To send a letter, it usually meant printing it, putting it in an envelope, putting a stamp on it, dropping it off...

  • Bermuda Standard cannot be seen as Scam Island
    Nov 6, 2018 8:00 am

    Bermuda Standard cannot be seen as Scam Island

    Bermuda recently played host to Hub Culture’s Innovation Sprint. It was an exciting and busy couple of weeks that gave a bit of an idea of the potential for Bermuda in the fintech industry.

    Although it is still early days, it cemented that...

  • Are Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies useless?
    Oct 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Are Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies useless?

    Denis Pitcher, The Fintech Column

    There has been a lot of excitement around the market collapse of cryptocurrencies lately. So much so that even The Economist recently published an article headlined “Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are...

  • Understanding the trade-offs in blockchain
    Oct 8, 2018 8:00 am

    Understanding the trade-offs in blockchain

    Nothing illustrates how complex and fragile our food network is than a bacterial outbreak. Back in April, an E. coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce spread to 22 American states, leading to people being admitted to hospital and developing...

  • Blockchain scythes through trust factor
    Sep 24, 2018 8:00 am

    Blockchain scythes through trust factor

    Just a few years ago it would have been unthinkable to get into a stranger’s car at night or stay in a stranger’s home. Surprisingly, today it is commonplace. Why? Why do we inherently trust strangers today in ways that would have been...

  • Hype cycles and blockchain bubbles
    Sep 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Hype cycles and blockchain bubbles

    Pets.com, a website dedicated to online sales of pet food and supplies, was the poster child of the burst of the e-commerce bubble. The hype surrounding the potential for e-commerce had reached a fever pitch by the time it held its initial public...

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